News and Events Latest stories, evidence of impact, media information

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 13:32
Following nomination by the Secretary-General, the General Assembly, on 22 December 2017, elected Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia as Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). She succeeds Joan Clos of Spain to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service to the Organization. Dr. Clos led UN-Habitat during the pivotal years when the... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 16:36
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 6:00 AM - Friday, June 08, 2018 5:00 PM (Central European Time) Sapienza University Via Eudossiana n.18Faculty of Civil and Industrial EngineeringRome, 00184 Italy  Conference Summary The intent of this conference is to explore the industry’s challenges presented by owners and owners' representatives (consultants/construction managers) who are associated with building the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 16:03
Africa is urbanising faster than any region in the world. Adding 24 million people to cities annually, this rate of urbanisation is faster than China’s or India’s.   While urbanisation is critical to unlocking economic growth in Africa, it also comes with a host of challenges. This is evident in sprawling informal settlements, lack of infrastructure, increasing congestion and urban dwellers’... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 15:56
Urbanization has been one of the most significant driving forces of recent global development, with more than half the world’s population now living in cities. And this proportion will continue to rise. Add to this, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 11 that calls for “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” cities. In this edition of the Sustainable Communities Blog, Ede... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 13:41
We certainly live in a metropolitan moment. Across the planet, including the United States, the urban share of the population continues to grow. With growing populations also comes more opportunities: new jobs, new schools, new health care facilities, and new sources of entertainment. Yet to keep metropolitan economies functioning while creating a platform for shared prosperity, transportation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 13:00
Achieving the SDGs depends on action at local and subnational levels. Local and regional governments across the world are ready and willing to play our role. We work hard to ensure that the best services reach the greatest number of people, leaving no one behind; this is what the SDGs are all about. Local and regional governments have had our say in the definition of the global agendas; we have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 12:51
When the Ping An Finance Center was finally completed this year, it reached the pinnacle of Shenzhen, China’s obsession with high-rises. Standing 1,965 feet high, the sleek 115-story office building is the second tallest in China and fourth tallest in the world. It’s also the tallest new building to come from this year’s record-setting boom in skyscraper construction. Around the world, there are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 12:42
Cities play different economic roles in different areas. And for developing countries, smaller might be better.   When it comes to cities and urbanization, it is generally thought that bigger is better. But a pair of recent studies suggests that although industrialized nations may have benefited from larger cities, the same is not true for the rapidly urbanizing areas of the developing world. In... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 12:22
Interview with Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. * * * What is the relationship between cities and industry?... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:00
Nearly a decade ago, billionaire Peter Thiel cofounded a nonprofit called Seasteading Institute,and contributed seed funding toward what could become the world's first floating city. By 2020, the Institute aims to build a dozen floating islands in French Polynesia featuring homes, restaurants, offices, schools, and hotels. At first, the project's founders imagined the city as a libertarian... Read more

Pages